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24/7 Wall St.: 12 Major League Teams Running out of Fans

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4. Pittsburgh Pirates

Decrease in attendance: 33.78%
2001 W-L record: 62-100 (finished 6th in NL Central)
2010 W-L record: 57-105 (finished 6th in NL Central)
League championships last decade: none

Pittsburgh is one of the most avid sports cities in America, with a competitive team for every major sport. The exception to this is the Pirates, who have not fielded an even moderately competitive team in more than a decade. Since 2001, the team has not finished better than third in its division (out of five) and has had among the five worst records in baseball nearly every single year. In 2001, the team had 2.1 million fans in attendance. By 2010, that number had dropped to 1.4 million.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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